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Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan knows what to do with a jerk who prowls the Internet looking for love in all the wrong places: pretend to be smitten, slip one of his own date-rape drugs into his drink, cover him with depilatory cream, and leave him in a public place so he'll be too ashamed to do it again. It's hard to follow an opening chapter like that, but Lippman manages it nicely, putting her smart-mouth series sleuth in court-ordered anger-management counseling. The sessions with her shrink spur a most uncharacteristic-for Tess--reflection on five cold-case homicides she's investigating for a foundation lobbying for increased funding for domestic abuse programs. They don't seem to be connected, but with the help of the retired Toll Facilities cop who discovered the head of one of the victims in the middle of his bridge, Tess discovers a serial killer no one even knew existed--until he made Tess his next target. This is the seventh outing in a lively, original series that keeps getting better and better. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Favors for friends don't always turn out as expected, Tess Monagham learns in this harrowing encounter with obsession involving her own past. At the urging of best friend Whitney Talbot, Tess agrees to research how police inexperienced with murder cases handle domestic-violence-related investigations. Delving into the specifics of the five deaths she's been assigned, Tess begins to sense that a simple review of the facts won't suffice and that these aren't isolated incidents. Toll-facility cop Carl Dewitt, who found one victim's head on the roadway of a bridge and has become obsessed with that case, convinces her that his detailed knowledge and tenacity can help. The pair cover a lot of ground, from northern Maryland to Virginia, from Baltimore to the Eastern Shore to a remote island where simple beauty can't sustain young people and the aging population keeps its secrets. In the process, Tess confronts some old demons, including a figure who has watched for years as she rows alone in Baltimore Harbor. He knows all about her and is biding his time. Lippman narrows her circle, drawing predator and victim closer. She contrasts the methods of the privileged with the ways ordinary folk must cope and how disastrous the results can be when the monstrous invades their lives.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I've read all but one of the Tess series and think this is the best yet. The story is engrossing; a real page turner. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2004 by Sabrina
The novel starts out with an interesting prelude to the main story when Tess and her friend Whitney defoliate a would be rapist. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2003 by Fred Camfield
A friend who is a reviewer thought I might like this series, and I started with the most recent. Go figure. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2003
I have been a fan of Laura Lippmann's books since Baltimore Blues. I thought this book was very well written. I was quickly sucked in by the plot and character development. Read morePublished on Dec 6 2002 by John D. Busteed
Lippman is obviously becoming more skilled at grabbing the reader and holding him or her in suspense. I loved the early Tess novels for their lacksidasical pace. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002